Bhubaneswar: Odisha Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM), Shalini Pandit, has instructed all CDMOs in the State to carry out tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccination of all girls within the range of 10 o 16 years.
Issuing a notice in this regard, Pandit has directed that school going girls starting from Class 5 to 10 should be administered the vaccine under the school’s health programme.
The vaccine with be given once in a year under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). A target has been set to vaccinate 90 per cent of adolescent girls in each district.
In order to achieve the target, Pandit has instructed female health workers to prepare a plan to vaccinate girls going to school and living in nearby areas. They will be assisted by Asha workers.
Pandit has asked to create block-level awareness in this regard. Female health workers have been asked to take the help of RBSK team for this purpose. They will submit a daily report at the block-level office which after being scrutinised will be sent to district-level office.
Subsequently, the reports will be sent to the State-level office and the data uploaded at Health Management Information System (HMIS) portal.
Earlier, adolescent girls, teens and pregnant women were being administered with Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine which is now being replaced with Td.
The World Health Organization has recommended vaccination against diphtheria since 1974. The first dose is recommended at six weeks of age with two additional doses four weeks apart, after receiving these three doses about 95 per cent of people are immune. Three further doses are recommended during childhood.